Audio at CES - Not Bad for a Dead' Category
Yamaha, already showing off its high-end RX-V1 A/V receiver (left), announced a pair of entry-priced Dolby Digital/DTS units, the RX-V396 ($299 SRP) and RX-V496 ($399 SRP).
Pioneer showed a total of three models in this aggressive price space, the VSX-D309 ($325 SRP), the VSX-D409 ($380 SRP) and the VSX-D509S ($435 SRP). While the entry-level piece offers 60 watts per channel, its siblings offer 100 watts per channel. The best of the three adds a better remote and S-Video switching. Pioneer also announced a Dolby Digital home theater-in-a-box system, the HTP-209, which features 100 watts per channel of power, five matched satellite speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer with a 100-watt amp built-in for an SRP of $600.
Kenwood, while also revising its entire receiver line, showed its new HTB-503 ($600 SRP) home theater-in-a-box system, the follow up to its HTB-502, which won praise from audio critics. The company plans to expand its offerings in this category with the less powerful but less expensive HTB-303 ($450) and the middle range (but unpriced as of press time) HTB-403.